Josh Maja: will a move to Rangers boost his Super Eagles chances?


Having recently expressed his intentions to the BBC of making 'history' with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Center Forward Josh Maja will be hoping for more game-time in club football in order to meaningfully fight for his place in a national team that is now flowing with milk and honey when it comes to strikers. "The Nigerian team has always had quality, but now there are a lot of young talents playing, so the future is very bright for us," said Maja. His future as a regular or starter in club football has just been given a boost with reports linking the 21 year old with a move to Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers. A source was quoted as stating: 'Rangers are to open talks with Bordeaux for Nigeria striker Josh Maja next week.' Maja struggled for miles and minutes on the pitch last season for Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1. Out of the 26 games that he played, 13 of these were for less than 45 minutes on the pitch (a number of these were cameo 10 minutes or less appearances).

However when afforded meaningful minutes, Maja was ruthlessly efficient with 6 goals and 2 assists. Meaning, should the move to the Scottish Premier League materialises, Maja will be expected to score aplenty. This is because he will be guaranteed more minutes on the pitch where he can express himself and bang in the goals. For Sunderland in England between 2016 and 2019, Maja scored 17 goals in 49 appearances (1 goal per 3 matches) before moving to France last year to further underscore how prolific he can be if given enough match minutes . Rangers' current top marksman Alfredo Morelos would have left by the time Maja arrives and Jermain Defoe will continue to be used sparingly because of his age hence the door to regular team football will be open to Maja.

The London-born sharpshooter is passionate to play for Nigeria as he said recently: "playing on an international stage was a dream of mine. To represent my country and make my family proud." With 1 Super Eagles cap to his name, to continue to 'represent Nigeria' , he will have to compete as Super Eagles' main arrow-head with red-hot flamboyant strikers like Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Cyriel Dessers, Paul Onuachu, Simmy Nwankwo and Sadiq Umar. A tall order, but one not all together insurmountable. Playing regular football and scoring regularly is a start, which makes this proposed move to Rangers a step in the right direction for him and his dreams of making history with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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